College of the Rockies Men's Avalanche volleyball team will start off the 2017-2018 season with a new head coach. Francisco (Cisco) Farrero most recently acted as head coach at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
"We are very pleased to have Cisco joining our men's Avalanche team this fall," says Cori Andrichuk, Manager, Student Life and Athletics. "His experience and commitment to volleyball will be of great benefit to our men's program and we are excited about the new perspective he will bring."
Farrero grew up playing club and provincial level volleyball. In 2008, he began his coaching career when he was hired as an Assistant Coach with Lakeland College's women's program. During his time with Lakeland, the team earned spots in the conference championships every year, taking home the silver medal in 2012 -2013 as well as a silver at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championships the same season.
In addition to his varsity role, Farrero was also head coach of the Rustlers volleyball club from 2012 to 2014, seeing the team finish in tier one each year. During the 2014-2015 academic year, he was an assistant coach with Memorial University's women's volleyball team.
In April 2015, Farrero took over as head coach of the men's volleyball team at Memorial, helping to reinvigorate the program before it was discontinued earlier this year.
"I am extremely excited about this opportunity to coach at College of the Rockies and to being a part of the College's Avalanche athletics family," Farrero says. "I look forward to instilling a foundation based on hard work, honesty, and execution and begin working toward challenging for PACWEST titles."
College of the Rockies Men's Avalanche team's 2017-18 season will officially kick off on Friday, October 20 when they host the Camosun Chargers.